Two south-west teenage cricketers will pull on their whites for Vic Country at the under 17 national championships.
Nestles Cricket Club’s Bailey Jenkinson and Mortlake’s Isaac Wareham, both 16, were named in the 13-man Country squad that will travel to Queensland to play cricket in Mackay and Brisbane in October.
The pair found out the news at 4.30pm on Wednesday afternoon and were relieved to make the side after a long wait.
Wareham, a St Patrick's College Ballarat student, said he was eager for the new challenge that faced him.
“I’m looking forward to a bit of competition,” the right-arm medium bowler said.
“I played in the under 15s side and it was a big surprise for me. I didn’t expect it and I wasn’t really prepared for it.
“But I feel like I’m more prepared this time and hopefully I can have a better tournament.”
Jenkinson, an Emmanual College student, said he was eager to get around his new teammates.
“I’m eager to make new friends with all the boys,” the left-handed batsman said.
“Obviously I’m hoping my cricket goes well and hopefully we can do well as a team.”
The pair is both members of the Western Waves squad and are both Hampden league senior footballers at North Warrnambool Eagles (Jenkinson) and Terang Mortlake (Wareham).
Both boys said they would continue to play both sports until they had to choose which of the two they would pursue further.
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